OPTRX SENSORS Experiences from the production ag front SALES REVIEW • Increase in sales every year from year 1 • Industries expectations not met for any sensor • Not one individual group responsible • Nor are we one improvement short either • All parties claim responsibility SALES REVIEW • Two car analogies – 70 year old with a new Mercedes • Too much technology for people not ready to adapt – Handing the keys to a sports car to a 14 year old • Customers were not trained for the power of the sensors • Customers need and want a person to show them how to use it all CHALLENGES TO ADAPTATION •Window of Application too small •Customer intimidated by technology •Does not know where to get agronomic support for sensors •Initial reaction to price EVOLUTION OF OPTRX SALES •General response was sensors cannot work •Corn Customers did not agree with basic N model •Doubt about quality and reliability of product recommendations EVOLUTION OF OPTRX SALES • In 2009 all Customers having great success in wet conditions ($60/acre increases common) • Concerns about model reduce, concerns about varieties and their difference increase • Conflicting opinions on how to best use sensors is a concern for end users, leads to delayed adaptation EVOLUTION OF OPTRX SALES •2012 Drought reduces the number of acres OptRx is used on. Still see small increases in profits when a crop is harvested (<$5/acre average) •Varieties still a concern, but sidedress window too narrow (not enough high clearance equipment) •Confidence in sensors high, just not sure how to incorporate them FAQS FROM USERS •How do I determine correct N rates? •How do I adjust the rates for the season (too wet or too dry)? •What should I do about varieties? •How do I calibrate confidently? FAQS FROM USERS •Can I use these on any other crop? •Can I use these for any other product? •Can we use sensors to apply multiple rates across the boom? By row? •What form of N should I use with OptRx? SENSOR INCORPORATION •Collaborative effort between hardware, seed, fertilizer and agronomic companies •Promote knowledge from research that is passed to agronomists to end users Thank you!